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No, an asteroid is not likely to hit Earth the day before the election

20 Oct 2020, 13:00 UTC
No, an asteroid is not likely to hit Earth the day before the election
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I can always tell when astronomer Neil Tyson tweets something about the sky. Within minutes, the emails and tweets to me start pouring in.

In this case, a few days ago, seemingly out of the blue people were asking me if it's true that an asteroid might hit Earth the day before the elections, on 2 November, 2020.

And, sure enough:

Now, right away I should note that Neil mentions the name of the asteroid — 2018 VP1 — so simply typing that bit of alphanumeric salad into a search engine will yield lots of info.

But I'll note that while Neil's phrasing is that the asteroid "may buzz-cut the Earth" reads pretty clearly to me, I can see where others might not see it the same way.

So, to be clear, I'll refer you to the headline of the article you're currently reading (i.e. scroll up; I'll wait).

I can also refer you to an article I wrote about this rock (and another, called 2011 ES4) back in August. But since it's come up again, and the election is in just a couple of weeks, let's give this one another go.

2018 VP1 is an asteroid that orbits the ...

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